Historical Fiction, Tyler Shields’s photography, is an interpretation of some important moments in 20th-century US history. Shields, a former professional inline skater who launched his photography career on MySpace, fancies himself a provocateur.
“I create other worlds, magical never-never lands where the camera is my weapon and the battles I fight are with the elements. i stretch the laws of the mind and displace people from their realities to capture a side of them they didn’t even know they had. Photography has the ability to freeze people in this time and space—no matter what happens after that moment, it cannot change—they are exactly how i want them to be.”
― Tyler Shields
Tyler Shields’s pictures are disturbing and evocative—and never more so when switching the dynamic so starkly between racial persecutor and victim.